Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll likely notice that it’s easier to recall dates, facts and words, you’re learning new information more easily and you’re more eloquent than you’ve been in days. Credit goes to rising estrogen and testosterone which, study after study shows, sharpen brain skills and verbal ability as they climb.
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: You’re going to be encroaching on other people’s personal space today and get the urge to say things you probably shouldn’t as high estrogen has you overlooking personal boundaries in favor of getting up-close-and-personal and telling it like it is. And, it probably goes without saying that this effect is doubled if alcohol is involved.
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: You’ll probably find yourself getting lost in daydreams today as rising progesterone slows your thinking and has your brain going on auto-pilot more frequently than in the past two weeks. Luckily, research shows you can still get a lot of work done while daydreaming. Turns out, when you let your thoughts wander, your brain connects different ideas together to help you come up with creative solutions to nagging problems.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: During the first half of your cycle when estrogen and testosterone were high and making you feel optimistic and inspired, your focus was more on big ideas and the overall picture. Projects seemed effortless to plan, your mate seemed like the perfect person for you for the rest of your life and work or school was actually fulfilling. During the second half of your cycle, well, things have changed. Plunging hormones have you honing in on the details and, as a result, you’re taking a closer look at explosive budgets for projects, seeing that your mate’s shortcomings may mean a dumping is in order, and the aggravations at work or school cancel out their measly rewards. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on everything altogether. Instead, try to strike a balance between the over-optimist and the uber-pessimist in you by understanding that everything has upsides and downsides and a little flexibility may be called for.